The effort of positioning Nigeria’s digital economy sector on the path of sustainable development has once more been brought to the spotlight as the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami was conferred with the Digital Economy Driver Award.
In a press release on Thursday, 17th of June, 2021 signed by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Femi Adeluyi, he said that the accolade was given by the National Body of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) to the Minister at his office during a familiarization visit to introduce its new exco on Wednesday, 16th of June 2021. According to NITRA, the Award was in recognition of the Honourable Minister’s efforts in the formulation and implementation of policies to accelerate the digitization of the Nigerian economy.
These efforts led to an ICT sector that had the highest growth rate in the 4th Quarter of 2020, at 14.70%, as attested to by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its Q4 2020 Report. It also led to an increase in broadband penetration to and unprecedented 45.07%, as well as a significant drop in the cost of data. The Association also acknowledged how the Honourable Minister has given priority to inclusive digital literacy and skills programmes to empower unemployed youths, artisans, women, Persons Living with Disabilities, Public Servants, Farmers, and Community Leaders, among others.
The body noted that they have been following the activities of the Minister and acknowledge the significant transformation in Nigeria’s digital economy landscape as a result of these. “We appreciate all that you have been doing since your appointment, the digital economy sector has witnessed tremendous success and growth under your stewardship,” the body said.
The NITRA team also commended the Minister for coming up with many people-oriented developmental policies and overseeing their implementation. The body praised the Minister for the ongoing NIN-SIM verification process and identified it as an exercise of great National importance which will accelerate economic National development.